10/03/2023 - 15/04/2023

Contemporary - Painting

Mohammed Z. Rahman - City of Burrows

Tue-Sat: 11-6pm

Phillida Reid are delighted to present City of Burrows, a solo exhibition of new and existing work by London-based artist Mohammed Z. Rahman at 10 - 16 Grape Street.

Interweaving personal, social and folk histories of migration, labour, queerness, family and class, Rahman’s paintings disturb conventions of domestic space and custom in favour of dream logic and moments of magical realism, excavating stories of overlooked figures and everyday resistance.

His works employ the visual language of surrealism and social realism – art movements which, Rahman points out, flourish during times of social unrest: “the former, in that it allows one to dream beyond current conditions and process the unconscious, and the latter, to give voice to the everyday lived experience of the working and non-ruling classes, acting against hegemony.” As dream-like as they are concrete, Rahman’s paintings refer to specific figures, localities and events, employing a near-hieroglyphic symbolism: stories are told via objects scattered over the floors and walls of the work’s interiors. Tools, cut stems, spilled cups, plates of food, silver ingots, discarded pearls and red stilettos contribute to microcosmic scenes of migrants making homes in the UK.


Covent Garden 12 & 14 Grape Street, London WC2H 8DY